Lions XV Prediction

Johnny asked me to give my prediction for the Lions XV, as if I knew anything about such things.  He’s already started to tag others.

Here’s the Chalkboard and here’s Bruff RFC who hasn’t bothered his arse yet.

UPDATE.  Oops, I got it wrong already.  It was the Chalkboard who tagged Johnny.  Christ, this isn’t going well.

These people are infinitely more qualified than I am to have an opinion on this, so please forgive me if my selection looks slightly insane.

1. Gethin Jenkins (Wales)

2. Jerry Flannery (Ireland)

3. Euan Murray (Scotland)

4. Paul O Connell (Ireland)

5. Donncha O Callaghan (Ireland)

6. Stephen Ferris (Ireland)

7. David Wallace (Ireland

8. Denis Leamy (Ireland)

9. Dwayne Peel (Wales)

10.  Ronan O Gara (Ireland)

11. Shane Williams (Wales)

12. Ricki Flutey (England)

13 Brian O Driscoll (Ireland)

14. Paul Sackey (England)

15. Lee Byrne (Wales)

Other tourists

Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Stephen Jones (Wales)

Gavin Henson (Wales)

Andrew Sheridan (England)

Tommy Bowe (Ireland)

Paul Sackey (England)

Chris Paterson (Scotland)

Joe Worsley (England)

Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland)

Tom Shanklin (Wales)

17 replies on “Lions XV Prediction”

Jesus Christ, we need to sit you down.
You have it half right. The Welsh A W Jones boy gets the nod ahead of Donnacha in the 2nd row. The welsh ginger Martyn Williams’s gotta figure in the back row as does the English Worsley (Wally stays) . Phillips at scrumhalf and Jones or Hook at outhalf. The rest look okay although lucky Lukey could feature as a dark horse.

Thats a good XV, but Leinster/Munster rivalries aside, I really doubt that Leamy has a shot at the No 8 jersey since he couldn’t hold it down for the 6 nations. Heaslip made the final six for player of the tournament.

One player who didn’t feature in the Six Nations who could actually make it is Cipriani – McGeechan was publicly singing his praises last weekend.

Only other name I’d add is Delon Armitage at fullback.

I didn’t so much tag Johnny as challenge him to a cataclysmic battle of rugby wit which he, predictably, lost.

I must say though Bock I do like the look of your team, if for nothing other than the fact that I’m not the only man who thinks, nay, fundamentally knows that Dwayne Peel is the man for scrum half.

Anyone who suggests Mike Phillips should be beaten out of general principle. He made one break in the entire Six Nations and has the distribution of a drunk paper boy.

Not too shabby at all Bock although I’m not understanding some people’s fondness for Dwayne Peel, the guy isn’t as good as he was four years ago and will be lucky to travel. As for Paul Sackey? That’s nearly as bad as the Dickler suggesting Henson gor the wing!
I’m with you on Donncha though, we need a strong two jumper for when the lineout starts to creak and needs to be simplified.

I sense a lack of general agreement here among the experts.

Johnny, have you any views on the bench? And what the fuck is wrong with Sackey?

Mr Pagano suggests Danny Cipriani, but I thought he was put in the bad corner for eating in class or something. He might be right about Leamy. That was probably an unrealistic selection by me. There goes my chances of managing the next Lions tour.

I can’t agree with Sniffle about Wyn Jones or Williams, but since he’s bigger than me (much) I’ll probably have to accept what he says. Julio might like to confront him about his choice of Phillips.

Have to agree with Pagano, Delon Armitage at fullback is a good pick, Safe under the high ball, a decent kick on him and enough pace to keep up with the wingers. Henson is out by the way, he picked up yet another injury at the weekend.

Kearney and Jones are definites for the bench if they don’t start I reckon. Shanklin will also be in the mix (I’ve started him). Fitzgerald had a super 6 nations but he’ll have to really impress in the warm up games to get on to the match day squad.

Andrew Sheridan probably will shade it for the place on the bench over John Hayes but I would give one (maybe even both with a bit of convincing) kidneys to see the Bull start one of the tests.

Paterson is a bit old and doesn’t offer a huge amount besides his ridiculously accurate kicking. Max Evans could surprise people yet and make his way onto the 22 (he skinned Keith Earls on more than one occasion last weekend).

Bock Bock Bock, Sackey just hasn’t got what it takes. Granted, he has insane speed but there isn’t much footballing in him. He’ll finish off a move for you but won’t produce the moments of magic in the style of Shane Williams or or even Luke Fitzgerald.

I heard Henson accidentally overdosed on fake tan and smugness.

An overdose of fake tan and smugness? As the tabloids would say, a lethal cocktail.

They could probably do with the likes of Sheridan to counter the sheer power of the South Africans, and therefore, you’re probably correct in looking for him and Bull.

I don’t really care if Sackey gets in. He was one of my token Brits.

15 Byrne
14 Bowe
13 O’Driscoll
12 Flutey
11 Williams
10 Jones
9 Phillips
8 Wallace
7 Williams
6 Ferris
5 O’Connell (cpt)
4 Wyn Jones
3 Hayes
2 Flannery
1 Horan

Maybe one of the Welsh Orks for Hayes, Shanklin or D’Arcy in the centre?
Genuinly can’t see any room for any more English.

Kennedy the English 2nd row might have a shout or even Nathan Hines because of their bulk. I’d pick Shanklin ahead of Flutey
the wingers could be any two of at least six players
Both Irish hookers will travel, but our props might miss out.

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